Responsive Dreams

Wed Jun 14 2023 at 12:00 pm to Thu Jun 15 2023 at 10:00 pm

Nau Bostik | Barcelona

The Generative Art Museum
Publisher/HostThe Generative Art Museum
Responsive Dreams
The first generative art exhibition in Barcelona dedicated entirely to showcasing art created by code.
About this Event

Generative Art has been around for a while, but only recent technology has made possible true globalization of artists and artwork. “Georg Nees: Computergrafik” was the first exhibition world-wide of graphic works algorithmically generated by a digital computer at the Siemens company in Erlangen (Germany). The works Georg Ness had on display were generated by a digital computer properly programmed. Only a few years later, Georg himself began to call his works generative Computergrafik (also the title of his doctoral dissertation).

A number of artist-professors from the Stuttgart Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste attended the opening. One of them asked Georg Nees whether he could make his computer (a program) to draw the same manner the artist was drawing. Nees answer is a classic. After a short hesitation he replied: “Yes, of course, I can do this. Under one condition: you must tell me how you draw”. In the ensuing irritation, Max Bense spontaneously coined the word “Artificial Art”.

This interesting interaction between two concepts of art emphasizes on the blurry distinction of what we understand as art and how technology creates new paths for artists to explore. Although the use of autonomous machinery to create art has been present before computers, the personal computer is definitely the first tool that disrupts the scene and creates an endless box of possibilities. The Generative Art Museum was born to spread the word about it and Responsive Dreams is our first exhibition to accomplish that goal.

The fact that Geroge Nees created an exhibition to showcase his work further reinforces how important it remains to host events that bridge the gap between the current digital and physical ecosystems, strengthening the link between art and audience. There is something magical about experiencing art in person. Walking through a gallery or museum, observing the brushstrokes, textures, and colors up close, and feeling the energy emanating from each piece is an irreplaceable experience.

This experience is still present for digital pieces, where the selection of technology to display the work plays an important role in the final output that is presented to the viewer. Real-life exhibitions create a tangible connection between the artist and the viewer, allowing us to fully appreciate the art in all its glory. But Responsive Dreams is different, paying tribute to our name, users of our exhibition will not only observe the art; they will also be able to engage with it.

To fully understand generative art we must interact with the art, move around it, examine it from different angles, and even feel the textures with our fingertips. This immersive experience allows us to fully comprehend the artist’s intentions and appreciate the intricacies of their work.

Responsive Dreams exhibition provides a space for dialogue and discussion between the artist and the audience. Visitors can engage with the artist, ask questions, and gain insights into the creative process. This interaction creates a sense of community around the art and fosters a deeper appreciation for it. We hope to see all of you to connect in the most profound way possible.


Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Nau Bostik, 1-11 Carrer Ferran Turné, Barcelona, Spain


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